Marine Weather Warnings - Severe Thunderstorm Warning
New South Wales
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SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
for HEAVY RAINFALL, LARGE HAILSTONES and DAMAGING WIND
For people in the
Northern Rivers and parts of the
Mid North Coast and
Northern Tablelands Forecast Districts.
Issued at 6:52 pm Sunday, 29 November 2015.
Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash
flooding, large hailstones and damaging winds in the warning area over the next
several hours. Locations which may be affected include Lismore, Grafton, Coffs
Harbour, Tenterfield, Sawtell and Dorrigo.
53mm of rain fell in 30 minutes at Belongil Creek between 5.10pm and 5.40pm.
Hail of 4cm and 5cm diameter was reported at Lismore and Tatham around 4:30pm.
43mm of rain fell in 30 minutes at Repentance [Coopers Creek in Northern Rivers]
between 4:30pm and 5pm.
Hail of 4.5cm diameter was reported 3km south of Bellingen [Mid North Coast] at
The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.
* Keep clear of fallen power lines.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* Don't walk, ride your bike or drive through flood water.
* If you are trapped by flash flooding, seek refuge in the highest available
place and ring 000 if you need rescue.
* Unplug computers and appliances.
* Avoid using the phone during the storm.
* Stay indoors away from windows, and keep children and pets indoors as well.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring the SES [NSW and ACT] on 132
The next warning is due to be issued by 9:55 pm.
Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's
website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 218. The Bureau and State Emergency
Service would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.
Several people including babies have been rescued from Lismore Base Hospital in northern New South Wales after the roof of the maternity ward collapsed.
More than a dozen homes have lost their roofs in Warwick, west of the Gold Coast, as very dangerous thunderstorms move across south-east Queensland.
Severe thunderstorms caused damage in northeastern New South Wales and southeast Queensland on Sunday and should do so again during the next few days.